Twixt

Twixt You wake upon the cold ground As you struggle to rise as your breath exhales like a ghost you know only two things You can t remember who you are And you re being hunted No one sleeps in Abeo City T

  • Title: Twixt
  • Author: Sarah Diemer
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  • Page: 219
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  • You wake upon the cold ground.As you struggle to rise, as your breath exhales like a ghost, you know only two things You can t remember who you are.And you re being hunted.No one sleeps in Abeo City The lost souls gather indoors at night as Snatchers tear through the sky on black feathered wings, stalking them But inside the rotting walls of the Safe Houses comes a quieYou wake upon the cold ground.As you struggle to rise, as your breath exhales like a ghost, you know only two things You can t remember who you are.And you re being hunted.No one sleeps in Abeo City The lost souls gather indoors at night as Snatchers tear through the sky on black feathered wings, stalking them But inside the rotting walls of the Safe Houses comes a quieter, creeping danger The people of Abeo City have forgotten their pasts, and they can trade locks of their hair to sinister women known only as the Sixers for an addictive drug Nox will give you back a single memory for a price.Like the other lost souls, Lottie wakens in this harsh landscape and runs in terror from the Snatchers But she soon comes to realize that she is not at all like the people of Abeo City When she takes Nox, her memories remain a mystery, and the monsters who fill the sky at night refuse to snatch her Trying to understand who she is, and how she ended up in such a hopeless place, Lottie bands together with other outcasts, including a brave and lovely girl named Charlie In the darkness, and despite the threat of a monstrous endLove begins to grow.But as Lottie and Charlie plot their escape from Abeo City, Lottie s dark secrets begin to surface, along with the disturbing truth about Twixt a truth that could cost her everything.Twixt is a stunning, page turning adventure, part YA paranormal romance, part thrilling horror, from award winning YA author Sarah Diemer.

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    About “Sarah Diemer

    • Sarah Diemer

      I write about heroic, magical girls who love girls YA author of Golden Crown Award winning THE DARK WIFE the lesbian, YA retelling of the Persephone myth and TWIXT and co author, with my amazing wife, author Jennifer Diemer, of Project Unicorn A Lesbian YA Extravaganza.MuseRising

    887 thoughts on “Twixt

    • I love everything I've read by Sarah Diemer. Her writing is an art form and she has an imagination that appears to have no limits.


    • This was an original concept with a truly surprising plot twist. The author has a gift for description, and she built the world and the characters beautifully. It’s hard to review without spoilers, but it’s a mystery/fantasy story that has some horror elements and a lovely f/f romance.


    • "You wake upon the cold ground. As you struggle to rise, as your breath exhales like a ghost, you know only two things: You can't remember who you are. And you're being hunted."In addition to being a great summary of our starting point, the above quote from the book description gives a glimpse of the tense, foreboding atmosphere that permeates Sarah Diemer's Twixt. One nameless first person narrator has little time to register her strange, cold surroundings, the blood on her hands or the fear co [...]


    • I would say that I loved this book. The author surely had to put a lot of thoughts into it, from the superb worldbuilding, that I, have to admit, wasn't really expecting, to the plot that was pretty neat. Reading Twixt was definitely an interesting experience that I surely would love to go through again, with all of those plot-twixts and almost dreamy storytelling. Even that first person style that I honestly dislike was, in the end, pretty fitting.And now, why didn't I give Twixt full stars, if [...]


    • 4.5 just because I managed to guess who one of the main character really was during the first few chapters. I was so rooting for Charlie and Lottie. I liked the ending. What happened to Lottie at the end reminded me of a line I read from somewhere "life is just a chance to grow a soul" seems like she was given a chance at that and at redemption. The twists and turns of the story were enjoyable. it's YA+fantasy+mystery+horror+romance rolled into one. It's nice how the writer used the concept of i [...]



    • (Find the original review at Jellyfish Reads.)I was looking forward to reading Twixt since I remember that I read The Dark Wife a couple years ago and enjoyed it, but I think Twixt failed to measure up to the The Dark Wife.The prose in Twixt is lyrical, but unfortunately I don't think the writing style worked for the story that was being told. I think a sparser style would have helped to build up the atmosphere and tension much better. As such, I think the pace was slowed by the descriptive pros [...]


    • Twixt is a moving, beautifully told tale about redemption and whether one can ever truly be beyond hope of said redemption. Diemer has definitely developed and improved her writing since The Dark Wife. Not to say the aforementioned novel is bad, because it certainly isn’t, but there’s a marked difference in how that novel read compared to this one, and it’s all an improvement. At the core of the story is a mystery, or actually several. Who is the girl who woke up in the snow, covered in b [...]


    • Not that I ever doubted Sarah's writing but um Twixt didn't just surpass my expectations, it ran past them like a marathon sprinter?? Twixt is a beautiful beautiful tale of coming to terms with something horrible and heartbreaking and love and loss and it was equal parts spooky and soft and I can't even find the right words to emphasize how good it was but it was SO! GOOD!!!!!. And perhaps some people won't like the ending (since it was a bit abrupt and vague) but I actually quite like it: no on [...]


    • Twixt has an interesting plotline, but the execution fails to bring it to life. I'm not talking about the writing or the story structure, since those are done right for a story like this. Sarah Diemer has great strength in creating intriguing concepts and giving stories atmospheric tones, and it's all shown here. That said, let's address the real problem: Lottie and her romance with Charlie.After finishing Twixt, I have real troubles describing Lottie. She has no personality besides 2 traits: be [...]


    • First off, I love this cover. It's gorgeous and makes me want to pick the book up. Kudos for that!This was one of the most original fantasy stories I've read in a long time. There wasn't a moment where I was thinking how it was kinda like this book or that book. Even though the book is a novel, it read like a short story to me. I say this both because of how fast the book moved and because of some undefinable characteristic. It just 'felt' like a short story. The world of Twixt is wonderfully in [...]


    • Like in Sarah's first novel, The Dark Wife, the core of Twixt is redemption, the idea that any of us, no matter our pasts or what others believe us to be, can be redeemed. And that love can bring out the best in us. But Twixt is a much different story than The Dark Wife.In Twixt, we begin with a mystery. Who is the girl who appeared in the ice and snow, covered in blood? She doesn't remember. A girl named Charlie finds her, explains about the world of Twixt, about Abeo City. Nobody in Twixt reme [...]


    • Another excellent and creative book by Sarah Diemer. I don't know how she continues to come up with such new and different ideas, but she does. I loved the world and characters she created in Twixt. Lottie is a tortured soul with a shadowed past she comes to regret, and Diemer shares the character a bit at a time so that you love Lottie despite what she was "before." But the reader never feels that these are stereotypes, which is one of Diemer's strengths as a writer. She uses archetypes beautif [...]


    • I liked this lesbian fantasy/mystery quite a bit. The setting was unusual and creative, the connection between the main character and her love interest compelling and sweet, and the story took turns I both expected and didn't expect. I liked how Lottie and Charlie were both brave - love that in a heroine.The mythology the author used to base the world of Twixt on isn't my favorite, but given the mythology she used, it worked very well.A lesbian fantasy love story is always a welcome thing to thi [...]


    • I've read a few things by Sarah in the past and that made me want to read this story. I like her twist on LGBT science fiction. She's very creative with her stories.This story was a little choppy, in terms of writing style in this novel. I had no clue where it was headed, but it kept me interested and entertained. The characters and plot grabbed my attention right away, but it's not a hard or long read. The story unfolds slowly and by the end you have a greater understanding of the whole univers [...]


    • Great work Wow! This book threw me for a loop! I don't want to reveal too much that would spoil the plot, but not everything is as it seems in twixt. For the first time in a while, I have been surprised by the end of a book. Highly recommended for those who like fantasy and dark stories as well as a lesbian subplot.


    • What a fun little book.Twixt is the epitome of YA. Interesting yet brief world-building? Check. Likable strong female lead? Check. Romantic subplot? Check. Plot twist? Check. And it does it all well. Twixt is proof that we don't have to completely abandon common tropes in order to write a good book. There's nothing inherently wrong with any of it, it's just that a lot of authors have attempted these things and failed. It takes a book like this to remember how good successful YA can be.



    • I wanted to like this book, but it just ended up being a disappointment. At first it seemed like the main relationship was building up in a natural way, which was great because my life needs more female/female relationships, but then suddenly boom they were SO IN LOVE and it was like wait what. I know that can happen but here it just seemed like bad writing because it was never clear why Charlie liked Lottie? Especially why she liked her enough not to back off after finding out the truth about h [...]


    • Didn't like itSorry, too dark and sad for my tastes. Too slow in developing and too morbid. I have no idea what lies after death, but I hope this isn't it.


    • (My actual rating for this book is 2.5, or it would be, if would just implement half-stars. Alas.)I wanted to like this. I really did. Lesbian YA is something we SO need more of in the world, rather desperately.The pacing was good, the prose just the right mix of stark and lyrical (although with an overdramatic flair that Diemer's writing tends to have as a trademark, so I'm never quite sure whether to be critical or tolerant of it). The characters were a tad towards the two-dimensional side, e [...]


    • Wow, I am so glad I bought this book. It was unlike any other paranormal or fantasy romance book I have ever read. The focus is not so much the romance between Lottie and Charlie, but rather their questions about who we are & what is real. The story starts with Lottie, an amnesic girl, waking up in a forest outside a weird & fantastical city called Abeo, where people never venture out after dark because the Snatchers (grotesque, creepy angels with beaks and wings made out of bones) might [...]


    • A young woman wakes up bloody and freezing on the bank of a frozen river under a blood-red sky. This opening scene in Sarah Diemer’s Twixt really sets the tone for the rest of the novel. In Twixt, Sleepers live in fear of the Snatchers, fearsome monsters who snatch away anyone who dares to be out in the night. The mysterious Sixers control the supply of Nox, a highly addictive drug that gives Sleepers memories of their waking life. Only the Fetchers can outrun the Snatchers; their job is to fe [...]


    • An unusual YA dark fantasy with tons of narrative drive and a lesbian romance. The narrator wakes up in the woods, amnesiac and covered in blood, with a frantic girl trying to drag her to safety. They barely manage to evade an attack by creepy flying skeletons, and make it back to the dubious shelter of Mad House… by walking through the walls, which the skeletons cannot penetrate. The narrator, Lottie, is in Twixt, a bizarre world in which “Sleepers” like herself eke out a weird existence, [...]


    • The book started slow for me, tangled up in words and confusion and the shock of entering (like the narrator) into the harsh and nightmarish world of Twixt. I picked my way through the new landscape, page by page, until the pace ratcheted up, the words fell away, and the rest of the book flew by. At the end, I looked up, owl-eyed and blinking, to realize I'd skipped meals and neglected everything I'd intended to do with my day. It was quite an escape!Diemer's second YA novel is a stronger, wilde [...]


    • Beautifully dark, experimental, and intense, it gripped me from the first page. It's a fascinating (and harrowing) journey towards self-discovery, with a graceful, seamless love story at the heart of it. Both Diemer's storytelling and writing are haunting--completely captivating. The story is dark and oppressive in all the right ways, and gentle and hopeful in an equally lovely measure. The end filled me with a knee-jerk, tear-filled reaction of pure joy. I can't wait to read THE DARK WIFE.


    • It's hard to write of love, because it's something that's hard to put into words. But if you can make the words you write convey the very feeling of love, you can make your stories, and the love that's told in them, more alive than you could do with a thousand descriptions.It is difficult to make a reader feel hopelessness, and yet hope, in the same heartbeat, or in the same line, too. Twixt does just this.You're not reading it, you're living it.My words don't do justice to this story. It kept m [...]


    • An enjoyable, creative story about love and redemption. The story moved along quickly. After finishing, I find that I have some open questions, but on the whole, I am quite satisfied with the story.I thought that the world that the author created was very interesting. I kind of felt that the time period over which the story takes place was not long enough for the relationship bonds that are formed between characters, but that is only a small thing.


    • wowThis came out of nowhere and hit me like a freight train! I was hooked right to the end. So many twists and turns, and all it seemed natural, not forced. I was left with my jaw on the ground.speechless. This was the second Sarah Diemer book I read, and the that cemented her as one of my favorite fantasy authors. Her writing is very tight. There is no pause, no word used without meaning. It is very rich and textured. Another four star!


    • Not really sure how I feel about this book. I liked it enough to see it all the way to the end, but it was a tad predictable, I didn't really care about the romance, and the characters were two-dimensional. I think this book really could have improved with more length, more detail and world-building, because I just couldn't get a good grasp of the setting of Twixt.


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